Trump 'Absolutely' Still Wants Mexico to Pay for Border Wall

Trump 'Absolutely' Still Wants Mexico to Pay for Border Wall

While seated next to Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto during the G-20 summit of leading world powers in Germany, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters he "absolutely" still wants to make good on one of his signature campaign promises. After Trump delivered some brief remarks, reporters shouted questions to him about whether Mexico is still going to pay for the wall.

Mr Nieto described Mr Trump as his "friend" and said the summit meeting would "help us continue a very strong dialogue" on NAFTA.

Peña Nieto then thanked Trump "for this space of opportunity", reported Reforma newspaper. Trump said that during the meeting the two leaders discussed trade policy, specifically NAFTA renegotiations.

Trump has even proposed including solar panels on a border wall, saying during a rally in Iowa last month that the energy created would allow for Mexico to "pay much less".

"We're renegotiating NAFTA and some other things with Mexico, and we'll see how it all turns out, but I think we've made very good progress", Trump said, according to The Washington Post.

This month, the USA and Mexican governments resolved a long-standing dispute over the sugar trade, while agricultural ministers from the three NAFTA countries met and said there were "relatively few" differences over farm trade to resolve in talks.

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It's unclear if Pea Nieto responded to Trump's most recent comment.

"Mexico does not believe in walls", Nieto said at the time. Critics blame NAFTA for wiping out USA factory jobs.

In the meantime, issues such as Trump's border wall remain sensitive.

Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray said "The issue of the wall was not discussed, was not part of the conversation".

Earlier this year, the Mexican government announced that the two presidents had agreed not to talk in public about the wall, a deal that Trump has honoured in the breach.

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